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HFM 160 | Series Finale: The Final Episode of History in Five Minutes

September 5, 2017

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Welcome to the end, my friends! I am powering down History in Five Minutes because I have launched a new and better show called History Unplugged.  You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Android

Here’s an overview of History Unplugged: Every Tuesday through Friday I release a short episode of 5-10 minutes in length. It’s basically the same thing you’ve come to know and love (0r hate) from History in Five Minutes.

Every Monday I release a longform interview with a book author, history podcaster, or historical consultant from a TV show.

There are two sorts of episodes that we feature on the History Unplugged podcast: the call-in show and author interviews.

The Call-In Show

The first sort of episode is the weekday where a listener like you can ask me anything. What did the Vikings eat? What was it like to be a Turkish sultan with 4 wives and multiple concubines? If you were sent back in time with your current knowledge, how would you conquer the Roman Empire?

If you would like to send me a question to answer on the show, you can do so one of two ways. The first is to email us at info [@] historyonthenet.com. The second is to leave a voice mail.

 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PAGE WHERE YOU CAN LEAVE A VOICE MAIL

 

Please keep it to about a minute long, be polite, and an all-around cool laddie or lass. Here are the full submission guidelines.

 

Interviews

The second sort of episode on our podcast is the long form interview (40 minutes – 1 hour) with top history book authors. These authors have written about everything—and I mean everything—including gruff World War II generals who flew with airmen on bombing raids, a war horse who gained the rank of sergeant, and presidents who gave their best speeches while drunk.

I sit down with them and go in-depth on their topics. So far I’ve been blown away by the stories I’ve heard.

Here are some of our guests that have been or will be featured on the show.

  • Robin Hutton, author of Sgt. Reckless, America’s War Horse
  • Mark Will-Weber, author of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking
  • Prof. Richard Weikart, author of Hitler’s Relgion: The Twisted Beliefs that Drove the Third Reich
  • Tevi Troy, author of What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted
  • Brion McClanahan, author of Nine Presidents Who Screwed Up America, and Four Who Tried to Save Her
  • Prof. Michael Foley: author of Drinking With the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour
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HFM 035 | Hannibal of Carthage and the Pincher Move: The Hardest Military Maneuver in History

September 30, 2013

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Hannibal almost destroyed the Roman Empire by deploying an incredibly effective maneuver — the double pincher. How did he do it, and why is it so hard to pull off?

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HFM 013 | Ataturk’s Legacy: If One Person Were as Influential as Jefferson, Washington, and Franklin Combined

May 14, 2013

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Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938)

In this  episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look at the larger-than-life figure of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Overstating his role in the formation of Turkey is impossible, as is avoiding pictures of him in the country. What did he do to make such an indelible mark on history?

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HFM 008 | The Fall of the Ottoman Empire

November 21, 2012

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Most people think of furniture when they hear ‘Ottoman’, but it was actually a highly influential empire that lasted for six hundred years and controlled the entire Middle East, North Africa, and much of Eastern Europe. In this  episode of the Five Minute Courses Podcast, we look at the fall of the Ottoman Empire, which when it broke apart after the First World War completely re-altered the Middle East. The effects of its fall are still being felt to this day.

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TRANSCRIPT

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HFM 007 | A Very Short History of the Crusades

November 5, 2012

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In this  episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look at the history of the Crusades. The Catholic Church mounted multiple military campaigns against Middle Eastern Islamic states to recapture Jerusalem from 1095 to 1291. The crusades ultimately failed in their objective, but in the process they created deeper connections between the Middle East and Europe. The legacy of the Crusades is hotly disputed and remain vivid in the imaginations of Easterners and Westerners to this day.

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HFM 006 | Islam and Tolerance of Christianity in History

November 5, 2012

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In this  episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look at the issue of Muslim tolerance of other religions in history. Some Islamic groups have claimed that Muslims have always treated other religions with respect.

In contrast, critics argue that throughout history Islam has been the one to impose itself in a totalitarian fashion onto other religions. They assert that wherever Islam has spread it made free worship for other religions impossible. Which version is correct?

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TRANSCRIPT

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HFM 004 | The Three Most Insane Rulers in History

October 15, 2012

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In this  episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look at the exploits of the three most insane rulers in history: Ottoman Sultan Ibrahim I, Emperor Caligula, and Turkmenbashi, the former president of Turkmenistan. They are exchange unique snowflakes of craziness, and we will look into their particular exploits.

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TRANSCRIPT

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HFM 003 | The Five People with the Most Descendants Ever

October 10, 2012

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In this  episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look into the lives of the people with the most descendants every. In five minutes we look into the lives of Charlemagne  Abraham, and one person that I guarantee you are related to.

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TRANSCRIPT

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HFM 002 | The Five Worst Dictators in History

September 4, 2012

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In this second episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look into the bloodthirsty lives of the five worst dictators in history. In five minutes we discuss their reigns, methods of rule, and reasons for their violent lifestyles.

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TRANSCRIPT

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HFM 001 | How Did Genghis Khan Nearly Conquer the World?

August 8, 2012

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In this first episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we answer the question of who is Genghis Khan. In five minutes we discuss his life, influence, religious beliefs, and title as a world conqueror and the world’s most prolific lover.

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